Balfanz, Robert. (2009). Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path. Everyone Graduates Center at John Hopkins University.
This policy brief from Robert Balfanz at the John Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center outlines the learnings and strategies supported by Balfanz and colleagues’ work in Philadelphia schools around early warning indicators with a special focus on middle schools.
What Works Clearinghouse. (2006). Check & Connect WWC Intervention Report. Institute for Education Sciences. U.S. Department of Education.
This intervention report describes the Check & Connect program and summarizes the findings of the available research that meets the What Works Clearinghouse’s threshold for inclusion. The reviewers conclude there is evidence to support Check & Connect having a positive effect on staying in school and potentially positive effects on progressing in school. No evidence that met quality-thresholds found any impact on students’ likelihood of completing school.